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Esimated Wear on Tires?

I seem to be piling up the miles on the new S. How many miles can I expect out of the stock tires? I'm guessing about 3000K
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You can see nearly 6K out of your new tires (BT010?) assuming everything you do is average... Increasing the air pressure to the two-up side of things will increase wear life, while riding like a bat out of hell will decrease the tires' life. Road suffer can be a factor and so can the wieght the bike's carrying. Diffrent brands, diffrent results, the faster you wear out tire the more brands and types you can try. What fun

I've seen as little as 4.5K out of a set when I keep the twist grip to the stop, and as mush as 7K out of another (riding slower) ... Just keep an eye on the air pressure and the wear bars. Try rebalancing your tires about every 3K miles or about half way through there expected life; it makes for a smoother ride.
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I got 3223 miles out of the OEM tires. One trip to the hill country around Austin and they were shredded.

I also got to sit in the back of a 2002 Ford Victoria while they decided if they should arrest me or not.

Best damn money I've ever spent!

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it's always a very bad moment when they ask you to take a seat in their ride while they discuss the outcome. just to let you ponder. give you a chance to clear your throat for the grovelling.

and all those cars you flew by just cruise past, and you know they're laughing about you. bugger.

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Ah well, these things are sent to try us.

In all, the cost of a new set of tires pales in comparison, but my lawyer loves me. (So does my insurance guy!)

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I had been getting ca. 2,800 miles on HiSports (on both the OEM suspension and Ohlins), then switched to Pilot Sports and got 2,300. I *know* I ride hard and I do love the tires, but I was not too pleased. For a variety of reasons last year I had a tech (who races) use my bike for a month and change and when it came back he had dialed in the shocks, front and rear. Bliss. Now I am easily making 7,000 on the Pilots. And it rides great too.

Now, I race (CCS amateur 222) but just did not have the time to ride daily, which is really necessary to have done this myself. Truthfully, too, it felt "all right" before. But afterwards, it felt a lot better. It is amazing just what we are willing to accept (or how little we know).

No insults intended, consider that the Imperial "we."

(Mileages noted were for the rear; the front was generally in pretty good shape but was replaced anyway to save the effort later.)

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I got about 4100 miles out of my oem Michelin Pilot Sports. The center of the rear tire was worn clear to the wear bars. I replaced my tires with Dunlop D207s and they seem to be wearing fast as well. I think I will try the D205s next time as they are probably better suited to the kind of riding I do.
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Oddly, my S doesn't seem to go through tires nearly as quickly as my RS did.

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6K front, 4K rear avg on sport-touring tires (e.g., Dunlop 205s). Worst case is about half that for softer tires and very fast riding. If you're just trolling, I'd expect you might ekk out double this.

I'm going to try the new Dunlop D220 sport-touring tires next.

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At 5300 miles, my back tire was shot to the point where I was afraid to leave the driveway.
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I've run D205s the past two times around and got 6000 out of each set. This time they both went to the bars at the same time.
I really like these tires. Good grip and long life!
I just wouldn't go for replacing tires every 2-3 months.
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I guess I win the award for most mileage out of oem tires (D205s). I saw 15.6K from both front and rear. Changed to the D220s 5k ago. The 220s are supposed to provide better grip and longer wear so they may be on my bike for a very long time.
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I saw about 9.5k on the Hi-Sports that came stock on the bike. The front was scalloped from too little air and the rear was getting cupped and down to the wear strip in the back.
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OK so I had a pretty nice experience with BT020s...they were cheap, handled good, blah blah blah... More importantly they felt 1000% better than the stock D205s which really sucked. Being the sporting guy that I am I wanna try something different so Michelin Macadam 100X or Metzeler Z4? They're about the same money.

On a side note, it seems that Metzeler is discontinuing their entire Zx line except the Z4s and I guess the Sportec M1s will carry the torch. Why is that? Are there new Metzelers coming out or is the Sportec replacing them all?
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Man you guys take too long...I just ordered the Z4s. The front is the Z4B which is supposedly a BMW-specific compound to help the cupping issue.

$84 for the front/$103 for the rear.
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30 Minutes? You freak!!!! Where did you buy them from?

Why didn't you go with BT010s yet? They are a really nice tire and seem to make a better turn-in. But I guess it's good to try tons of tires to find the best match for your riding style.
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http://www.discountmotorcycletire.com/

They got pretty good pricing and I've dealt with them for about 3 pairs of tires so far.

Yeah I'm a super-freak.
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The issue with tires for me is the balancing. I know that there has been a lot of discussion on this site about balancing alternatives. Has anyone found a cost-effective and efficient way of balancing tires? Thanks.
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Buying a basic balancing stand will pay for it self in about two to three tire changes.

My wife bought that story, it must be true!

Carlos, thanks for the link! Great prices!!
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